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13 February 2019

'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

Non-fiction: 'This is Going to Hurt': Adam Kay defends the NHS against the privatisers and he does it in a witty and engaging way

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17 January 2018

Theatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

If any work of art has a progressive impact on political attitudes and understanding, it's done a good thing

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25 October 2017

Well-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film - The Death of Stalin: Fans of The Thick of It's lampooning of New Labour will notice parallels. The Stalinists, like the Blairites, are egotistical buffoons, completely isolated from the working class

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10 May 2017

Theatre review: Fracked! Political satire skewers frackers

'Fracked!' is an interesting and topical play, and puts forward good environmental arguments against the use of fracking for our future energy sources

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8 March 2017

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.

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31 August 2016

Sunshine and socialism at Socialist Party summer camp

Dozens of socialists in a field with sunshine, debate and refreshments. Unusual maybe, but our summer camp, held on August bank holiday weekend, is a longstanding highlight of the Socialist Party calendar.

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29 June 2016

Theatre review: Bread & Roses

Heavyweight commentary plus satire: If you're looking for a comedy that's whimsical and light-hearted, then maybe going to see the Nottingham-based 'Bread & Roses' theatre collective isn't for you.

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15 June 2016

Hilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy

Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.

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25 May 2016

What we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

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2 December 2015

A socialist Christmas gift guide

What does a Socialist Party member buy their loved ones at Christmas? Certainly not rolling in money; unlikely to have loads of time to go shopping...

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16 September 2015

Comedy review: Leopardoptera

"You can relax. There's no trick questions - this isn't an Atos work capability assessment." The Daily Mirror justly placed this shrewd aside in the top three gags at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

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